Youth Minister Fr. Stephen Paolino
Phone: 610-326-5877 ext. 433
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About StAY Life Teen
"StAY Life Teen" is our parish's youth ministry program. "StAY" stands for "St. Aloysius Youth" and Life Teen is a program of Youth Ministry which provides resources and training materials to our Core Team to help us plan and execute our various programs (www.LifeTeen.com). The program is open to all parishioners in grades 7-12 (public, private school, or homeschooled). 6th graders are welcome to join us after Confirmation. For more information on Membership & Registration, please head to our Registration page.
We hope to lead all of our parish youth to continue their path of discipleship in the Catholic Church, where they find purpose, joy, and peace in Jesus Christ. Through our regular Sunday Youth Masses, Life Nights, social activities, retreats, small groups, and service projects, those who take part in StAY Life Teen will learn how to continue and persevere in the Catholic faith.
Core Leadership Team
The StAY Core Leadership Team is a group of both students and adults who meet on a regular basis to help plan for and run the various events we have Student members are: Lorna Ebersole, Matt Homiak, Maggie Dallas, Ricardo Gomes-Garcia, Fox Coniglario, Mary Boyce, and Allison Leary. The adult team members are: Father Steve Paolino, Mrs. Rita Ebersole, Mrs. Valerie McGraw, and Dr. Rich Garcia-Munoz.
Our Patron: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
We are blessed at St. Aloysius Parish to have as our patron saint St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who is the patron saint of Catholic youth. St. Aloysius was born to a high-ranking Italian noble family in the year 1568. From an early age, St. Aloysius sought holiness through a persevering devotion to Jesus Christ and his Church. At the age of nine, he made a vow of perpetual virginity, and focused on studying the lives of the saints and on maintaining a devoted prayer life. By the time he was 18, St. Aloysius abandoned the life of nobility to enter the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to fully devote himself to prayer and missionary work. He made this commitment in the face of serious pressure from his family, who wanted him, as the first-born son, to inherit his father's title and estate.
After joining the Jesuit Order, St. Aloysius began to study theology in preparation for priestly ordination. During this time, plague broke out in Rome and the Jesuits were called to serve in the crowded hospitals. It was in this holy and venerable work in the hospital that St. Aloysius contracted the plague. He died, as he predicted through a vision, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 21 1591 at the age of 23. Though he lived a short life, St. Aloysius was renowned for his purity and his devotion to Christ Crucified and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was declared 'Blessed' only fourteen years after death, and was canonized a saint in 1726. St. Aloysius is the patron of Catholic youth and those suffering of incurable diseases.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for our parish youth and be their inspiration as they seek Christ in their own lives and bring Christ into the lives of others!